In these uncertain times, many of us feel we have more questions than answers. We may turn to religion to help make sense of current global issues and what we can do to make a positive difference in the world, but many Millennials are instead looking to astrology for guidance.
Raised by Baby Boomers who grew up questioning authority in the 1960s and 70s, Millennials have inherited the same drive to buck tradition and forge their own paths, all while redefining social standards and practices. It only seems natural, then, that Millennials and astrology would come together to make sense of these tumultuous times. Looking to this ancient science can offer anyone, including Millennials, information about cyclical trends in the universe and how these cycles may affect them, their friends, family and even world leaders.
As a generation, Millennials are less likely to follow traditional paths – whether it’s their career, their personal lives or their spiritual beliefs. It makes sense then that Millennials and astrology have found each other. At their best, Millennials are altruistic, passionate, creative, confident and open-minded. A few Millennials that exemplify this generation at their best include Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Airbnb founder Brian Chesky and Emma Watson, who’s an actress and an activist.
According to the Census Bureau, Millennials are the approximately 73 million Americans born between 1982 and 2000 and are largely the children of Baby Boomers (and to a lesser degree, Generation Xers). And according to Gallup News, more than any other generation before, Millennials are currently living in multi-adult households, and they are delaying marriage longer than their parents and grandparents did. This group of 18-to-35-year olds are also twice as likely as older Americans to identify as LGBT.
Millennials have been raised to believe they are special: they can do anything and be anyone. With this confidence and dedication to making a difference over making money, they are forging a new path forward. Part of this path is moving away from organized religion and towards astrology. Most Americans believe it’s not necessary to believe in God to be a morally good person. Millennials and astrology can show all of us a way to make sense of this era of upheaval and uncertainty. With the help of astrologer Debra Silverman, Millennials can learn how the position of certain planets in the universe can affect them and those around them and understand how to navigate certain cyclical challenges. Like all of us, Millennials are looking for answers, and astrology is an ancient art and science that’s guided people for millennia. According to CNN, more than one-third of Millennials say they are not affiliated with any religious faith. Instead this generation is turning to astrology for answers.
Millennials and Astrology: Why Now?
In an era when technology can connect us with people around the world and even with our own President, Millennials are using that interconnectedness to question tradition and redefine social norms as a generation. For an increasing number of Millennials, astrology is a critical part of this process. In fact, according to UPI.com, the majority of young adults think astrology is a science, and Millennials are flocking to this ancient practice as well as to spiritual mediums, tarot card readers and palmistry. Just as there are lessons in religious teachings, so too are there lessons in the patterns of the planets and how they affect us.
Astrology can be more individualized than religion: Not only are astrological patterns and their impact based on an individual’s day and time of birth, but the study of astrology can also be an individual pursuit. Dominant religious practice is often a community activity led by a religious leader who may assist or even impede an individual’s religious experience and study.
In astrology, short-term trends are influenced by the three planets that are closest to the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars, while long-term trends are activated by the outer planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Depending on what sign we were born under, we’re each influenced in different ways by the position of the planets. Knowing the characteristics of your astrological sign and how you may be challenged by a particular planet can empower you to face those challenges rather than avoid them.
By working with an astrologer like Debra Silverman, Millennials can learn about these patterns and how to manage them. Through engaging videos, Debra shows us the typical characteristics of each sign of the Zodiac, and she also offers video horoscopes every few days, live phone readings and information on how the four elements (Water, Air, Earth, Fire) influence who we are. Debra has recently launched The Star Community, which is a membership program that offers access to her astrological insights and guidance and gives members a community of others who use astrology to guide and transform their lives.
With Millennials and astrology guiding us, we can get through these difficult, dark times together.